Transfer Focus: James Lawrence would be a costly squad option for Rangers

Rangers are interested in signing Anderlecht defender James Lawrence this summer, according to The Daily Record.

What’s the story?

With Joe Worrall heading back to parent club Nottingham Forest at the end of last season and Gareth McAuley’s contract coming to an end, Steven Gerrard is on the hunt for defenders that can help power his team towards competing for major trophies next term.

One player he is looking at, say The Daily Record, is Anderlecht centre-back Lawrence.

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The paper reckon that it will take £3m to land the Welsh international, but that Gerrard is a big admirer of the player and is weighing up making the move.

Worth that kind of cash?

The reported £3m is a lot of money for Rangers to invest in a single player, especially when two first-choice players are currently available in the position.

Nikola Katic’s progress was hampered last season by the loan move for Worrall, but fans have been impressed by the Croatian when he has played, often forming a solid partnership with Connor Goldson.

Gerrard’s priority should be on a more realistic and pragmatic signing to support Katic as back-up, rather than invest so heavily in a defender who would be expecting to feature more often than not.

The Croatian has shown he is good enough and deserves having the confidence of the manager to get much more playing time next term.

A move for Lawrence seems like a strange use of the limited resources available to the recruitment team at Ibrox this summer and this is one player they should pass on, especially coming off the back of a poor season with Belgian giants Anderlecht.